Rochdale’s on-street grooming ring: Time to stop hiding behind political correctness

These men have a dysfunctional view of women, sex, race and mainstream society. They are products, not of any single culture or religion, but of a modern and failing multicultural Britain

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Guilty as charged
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Ghaffar Hussain
On 10 May 2012 10:20

A depraved and unscrupulous gang of eight men from Rochdale, who had been sexually exploiting and abusing underage girls for a number of years, has now been jailed. The gang included men aged between the ages of 22 and 59 and the abuse took place above two takeaway restaurants in the Rochdale area.

Teenage girls as young as 13 were targeted, groomed and sexually abused by the gang. They offered their young victims free alcohol, fast food and cigarettes before passing them around for sex. In many instances, the girls were completely numbed with alcohol before being raped, often by up to 20 men in a single day.

This case, shocking and sickening as it is, isn’t unique. In fact, around 77 men have been convicted of this type of on-street grooming in the last couple of years alone. Child support agencies claim that most instances of such abuse are still going unreported.

The other concerning issue about these recent cases is race. Almost all of the 77 men convicted are of Pakistani and Muslim origin and all of the victims are young white girls.

The media and the police alike have, thus far, been reluctant to discuss the role played by either the race or religion of the abusers. The far-right, on the other-hand, has been working overtime to convince people that the abusers were motivated by their religion and hatred of white people. In the meantime, Muslim community leaders, as per usual, are trying not to discuss the issue in public in the hope that it will all be forgotten.

As uncomfortable and un-PC as it may be for some to discuss the role played by the religious or racial backgrounds of the abusers, the fact that the vast majority of them were Muslims from Pakistani backgrounds cannot be avoided. Understanding the exact role played by their backgrounds and upbringings, however, is much more complex.

Firstly, it should be clear that such actions cannot be sanctioned by Islam or any other religion for that matter. In fact, Islam strictly forbids alcohol, sex outside marriage and adultery. Pakistani culture also frowns upon such behaviour with sex outside of marriage being strictly taboo. However, the social climate within which people are brought up can affect their attitudes towards members of the opposite gender and sex.

These are men whose mentality has been shaped by an amalgamation of the sexually restrictive culture of their parents and modern criminal street culture. They belong to a British-Pakistani criminal sub-culture that glamorises sexually deviant and daring activities, demeaning attitudes towards women and other races along with a carefree approach to breaking the law. This is a sub-culture that is anti-establishment and macho yet insular and covert in nature.

A deficiency of social know-how and disconnection from mainstream society combined with the need to maintain a respectable image in the community has, in some cases, led to certain, deranged individuals seeking out unorthodox means of gaining sexual thrills. There will never be excuses for such horrific crimes, but this dynamic goes some way towards explaining the reality that attention is being focused on very young and vulnerable white girls.

Young white girls are seen as easy targets that can be lured into risky, sexual behaviour if the right incentives are offered. They are also seen as more sexually promiscuous and often come from families where the parents are less restrictive. The age of the girls is also important because younger girls are easier to manipulate, especially when financial and other incentives are offered.

In summary, these men have a dysfunctional view of women, sex, race and mainstream society. They are products, not of any single culture or religion, but of modern multicultural Britain - a society that, in the name of respecting differences, has encouraged people to live separate lives together.

We still have in this country, communities in which people don’t mix; a lack of incentives for newcomers to fully integrate into the mainstream and so-called community leaders who are more concerned about their own self-image and career prospects than providing guidance and thought leadership.

Child support agencies need to do more to help vulnerable young people who may be suffering in silence. The police need to start taking this issue much more seriously and applying an ‘absolutely zero tolerance’ policy. Parents and teachers also need to get more involved in the lives of their children so that they can detect signs of abuse early on.

However, most importantly, men who are engaged in this kind of behaviour, and those who may be considering it, need to realise that they will be caught, punished and humiliated. They will not only ruin the lives of their victims but also their own and those of their families. 

Ghaffar Hussain is a counter terrorism expert and Contributing Editor to The Commentator

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